Beach House View
Enjoy the Surfers
Tucked away on a charming residential side street in Laguna Beach is one of my family’s favorite restaurants, The Beach House. As you approach the restaurant for the first time, you feel as though you must have made a wrong turn. There couldn’t possibly be a restaurant in this residential neighborhood! There is no parking lot to be seen. However, as you pull up to the courtyard entrance with the small, inconspicuous sign identifying The Beach House, a parking valet steps out to whisk your car safely away. Entering the gate, you find yourself in a charming courtyard, full of lush plants. Step inside the front door into the dining area and you discover that you are looking out at a remarkable ocean view. On a clear day, Catalina Island appears on the horizon. Gazing at the shoreline below, you can watch sun bathers, swimmers and surfers enjoying the Pacific Ocean, while you dine on gourmet food.
One word of advice, before you plan to pop over to this restaurant: Be sure to make reservations! Although you can sometimes get in without a reservation, you may have a long wait, since this restaurant is very popular with both local residents and tourists.
How to Find The Beach House Restaurant Laguna Beach
This is not one of the large, obvious restaurants you see on major boulevards in Orange County. Instead it is quiet and discreet. Even the address at 619 Sleepy Hollow Lane (92651) seems to describe how well hidden it is. In order to find the Beach House, take the PCH (Highway 1) approximately 1/3 of a mile south of the intersection of the PCH with Broadway in central Laguna Beach. Turn right onto Sleepy Hollow Lane. The street will curve to the left. Follow it less than 1/10 of a mile. The restaurant will be on your right, on the ocean side of the street.
Typical Beach House Menus
Unlike many restaurants that serve brunch only on the weekends, brunch is served daily. For starters, you could order their oysters on the half shell, crab cakes, grilled artichoke, sashimi, calamari, clam chowder, shrimp bisque or a variety of salads. Brunch entrees include seafood salads, sandwiches, burgers, lobster quesadillas, lobster sliders, and Mahi Mahi tacos. You could also order salmon, swordfish, cioppino or fish ‘n chips. If you prefer breakfast entrees for brunch, you could order filet mignon or classic eggs benedict, crab cakes benedict, blueberry pancakes, French toast, omelettes, frittatas, or eggs with steak, bacon or sausage. As you can see, the daily brunch has something to satisfy virtually every member of your family.
If you prefer to have dinner rather than lunch, not only are there fabulous items on the menu, but your meal may be served with a spectacular sunset! Dinner starters are similar to the ones available at brunch, with the addition of Oysters Rockefeller, a steamed shellfish combination, and a bacon-wrapped BBQ shrimp skewer. Dinner entrees include prime rib, steaks, lamb chops, surf n’ turf (lobster tail and filet mignon), Chilean sea bass, Pacific swordfish, yellow fin tuna, Mahi Mahi, salmon, lobster, scallops, crab legs, cioppino and more. The menu does change from time to time. However, you can always expect a good selection of seafood and meat entrees.
If you are bringing along the kids, there is a children’s menu for the guests who are ages 12 and under. It includes cheeseburgers, linguine, chicken tenders and grilled cheese sandwiches.
The Beach House also has an early bird menu, which they call their Sunset Specials. This is a great value, since the entrees are smaller and the prices are approximately half what they are for the similar items on the regular menu. For example, they offer Sand Dabs Almandine for about $12, and Maine Lobster Tail for around $20. Both are served with whipped potatoes and broccolini. They also offer half-portion appetizers during this time. The Sunset Specials menu is only available between 4:30 pm and 6:00 p.m.
What better way to end the evening than by sharing an exquisite dessert? While our personal favorite is the Warm Chocolate Explosion Cake with hazelnut ice cream, you might prefer the crème brulee with raspberries, the bananas foster bread pudding, the New York cheesecake, Tiramisu or the gelato. I understand that all of them are fabulous
Hours of Operation
The Beach House in Laguna Beach is open Monday through Sunday. Brunch is served from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm, and dinner is served from 4:30 pm to 10:00 pm.
History of The Beach House Restaurant Laguna Beach
This restaurant is actually the former home of the famous Hollywood actor, Slim Summerville. If you enjoy old movies, you can see him in “All Quiet on the Western Front,” and “Tobacco Road.” He even has a star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame.
Summerville’s Laguna Beach home was built in the 1920’s, and still has much of the same charm as when he stayed there, including some of the original woodwork, fixtures and wrought iron. Photos of him line the wall as you enter the dining room.
The Summerville home was converted to a restaurant in 1968 by Gale Pike, and the Pike family still operates the restaurant. They also operate another Beach House restaurant in North San Diego County in the town of Cardiff by the Sea. The Cardiff restaurant also has live entertainment and an oyster bar. Although I have not been to the Cardiff restaurant, I am sure that it offers the same quality food and service that we have come to expect at the Laguna Beach restaurant.
Finally, are you looking for a great gift to give a friend or a couple who is spending their honeymoon in Laguna Beach? Beach House gift cards make wonderful gifts that will be greatly appreciated. If you decide to visit this charming, unique restaurant, it is wise to make a reservation first. Their phone number is (949) 494-9707.
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